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9:15 AM ET, September 22, 2020

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New York Times:
How Ginsburg's Death Has Reshaped the Money Race for Senate Democrats  —  From Alaska to Maine to the Carolinas, Democratic strategists working on Senate campaigns described a spontaneous outpouring of donations the likes of which they had never seen.  A Republican surge is expected as well.
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Adam Jentleson / New York Times:
Democrats Need a Plan.  Fast.  —  Here's how they can apply maximum pressure, brand the process as the illegitimate farce it is and lay the groundwork for desperately needed reform.  —  Mr. Jentleson was a deputy chief of staff for Senator Harry Reid of Nevada.
New York Times:
Trump Could Be Investigated for Tax Fraud, D.A. Says for First Time  —  The assertion by the Manhattan district attorney is the most detailed disclosure about its effort to obtain eight years of the president's tax returns.  —  The Manhattan district attorney's office …
Sun-Sentinel:
Stand by your word, Sen. Rubio, and against the mad dash for a Supreme Court appointment  —  Mark these words: “I don't think we should be moving forward with a nominee in the last year of this president's term.  I would say that even if it was a Republican president.”
Discussion: Politico, CNN, CBS News and NBC News
David French / TIME:
The Battle Over Ginsburg's Seat Is Set to Be All About Raw Power.  But There's Still a Way to Show Principles Matter  —  French is a senior editor at The Dispatch and a columnist for Time.  His new book is Divided We Fall: America's Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Here's what's in Boehner's new book  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  WELCOME TO FALL.  —  NEW ... JOHN BOEHNER'S new book has a name, a cover and a release date — and it's all as delicious as you would've hoped.  — “ON THE HOUSE: A Washington Memoir” will be released April 13, 2021.
The Daily Beast:
Dems Balk at Using Their Biggest Weapon in SCOTUS Fight  —  The party is divided on tactics.  But so far, the main play is to make it all about health care.  —  Facing what they acknowledge to be a nearly impossible task of blocking President Donald Trump from filling a Supreme Court vacancy …
Erwin Chemerinsky / American Prospect:
The Court: How Did We Get Here and What Will It Mean?  —  If Trump's nominee is confirmed, we'll have the most radically conservative Court since the early 1930s.  —  The American flag flies at half-staff outside the Supreme Court, September 19, 2020, after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg …
Discussion: Reuters, The Atlantic and Fox News
Des Moines Register:
Sen. Chuck Grassley won't oppose holding Supreme Court nomination hearings this year
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
McConnell fends off accusations of hypocrisy over holding Supreme Court vote
New York Times:
Republican Senators Line Up to Back Trump on Court Fight
Ethan Winter / Data For Progress:   A Majority Of Voters Oppose President Trump Filling The Vacancy On the Supreme Court
Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Donald Trump and Joe Biden are locked in a dead heat six weeks to Election Day  —  It's a dead heat in Iowa as a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden locked in a tie just six weeks to Election Day.
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Pentagon used taxpayer money meant for masks and swabs to make jet engine parts and body armor  —  Shortly after Congress passed the Cares Act, the Pentagon began directing pandemic-related money to defense contractors  —  A $1 billion fund Congress gave the Pentagon in March to build …
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Secret CIA assessment: Putin ‘probably directing’ influence operation to denigrate Biden  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin and his top aides are “probably directing” a Russian foreign influence operation to interfere in the 2020 presidential election against former vice president Joe Biden …
Discussion: Raw Story and Vox
Politico:
Rank-and-file union members snub Biden for Trump  —  Joe Biden has pitched himself to voters as a “union man,” a son of Scranton, Pa., who respects the dignity of work and will defend organized labor if he wins the White House.  —  To rank-and-file members in some unions, especially the building trades, it doesn't matter.
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill and Breitbart
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Mike Allen / Axios:
13 Nobel Prize-winning economists back Biden
Discussion: Political Wire
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
AJC poll: Race for president, Senate contests in Georgia ‘too close to call’  —  Pollster: ‘All three races are in play’  —  A new poll conducted for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows the presidential race in Georgia could not be closer, with President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden tied …
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Mueller prosecutor says special counsel ‘could have done more’ to hold Trump accountable  —  A former prosecutor on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's team writes in a new book that the group failed to fully investigate President Trump's financial ties and should have stated explicitly …
Discussion: The Week, Fox News, The Hill and Breitbart
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Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
A Notorious COVID Troll Actually Works for Dr. Fauci's Agency  —  Bill Crews is a PR official at the National Institutes of Health.  But he also has another job: an anonymous RedState editor who rails against the agency for which he works.  —  The managing editor of the prominent conservative …
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Washington Post:
NIH staffer to retire after he was exposed as the blogger behind anti-Fauci, anti-mask stories
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Zach Montague / New York Times:   N.I.H. Official Departs After Anonymous Posts Attacking Public Health Leaders
Barbara Starr / CNN:
Esper and Milley appear to adopt different strategies to deal with Trump as election approaches  —  Washington (CNN)The Pentagon's two most senior figures were so angry about President Donald Trump's unprecedented attack on senior military leadership earlier this month that they got on the phone …
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Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
NYPD Officer Spied on Tibetan New Yorkers for Chinese Government: Feds
Cate Cadell / Reuters:
Exclusive: China sharply expands mass labor program in Tibet
Discussion: Bloomberg
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Mike Bloomberg raises $16 million to allow former felons to vote in Florida  —  Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg and his team have raised more than $16 million to pay the court fines and fees of nearly 32,000 Black and Hispanic Florida voters with felony convictions …
Brittany Schmidt / WBAY-TV:
One-on-one interview with Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden  —  Biden answers questions about supreme court justice seat, COVID-19  —  MANITOWOC, Wis. (WBAY) - Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Bided sat down for a one-on-one interview with Action 2 News Monday afternoon.
Khaleda Rahman / Newsweek:
How Amy Coney Barrett's People of Praise Group Inspired 'The Handmaid's Tale'  —  Amy Coney Barrett, a favorite to be President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is affiliated with a Christian religious group that served as inspiration for Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel, The Handmaid's Tale.
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Sohrab Ahmari / New York Post:   Why Amy Coney Barrett is hands-down best pick to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Is This How Biden Blows It?  —  Last weekend, Philippe Reines walked over to Ron Klain's house in Washington, D.C., to hand off his Donald Trump outfit: the suit, the shoes with the lifts, the shirt, the long red tie, the cufflinks.  Just in case.  When the former Hillary Clinton aide stored …
Detroit Free Press:
In secret recording, trainer for Unlock Michigan advises on unlawful tactics  —  LANSING - A company collecting signatures to strip Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of her emergency powers coached paid petition circulators on giving voters false information, illegally collecting signatures without witnessing them …
 
 
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Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
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Pompeo stumps for Trump, and looks past him
Axios:
Elected officials are failing us on delivering much-needed economic stimulus
Natalie Winters / The National Pulse:
Transition Integrity Project Founder Calls For EXECUTION Of Former Trump Official
Collin Anderson / Washington Free Beacon:
ABC Town Hall Masquerades Anti-Trump Activists as ‘Uncommitted’ Voters
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
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Reuters:
Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Biden ahead in Wisconsin, a close race in Pennsylvania
Discussion: The Hill and The Week
Tim Weiner / Washington Post:
The unanswered question of our time: Is Trump an agent of Russia?
Discussion: Breitbart